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florida. who's the lucky winner now worth more than $500 million? we're live right where that winning ticket was sold. tornado outbreak. multiple twisters touching down across the plains, and forecasters warn it is just the beginning of a very dangerous weather system today. 35 million people in its path, and dylan will show you who's most at risk. and bye-bye beck. with tears in his eyes, david beckham says good-bye to the game that made him an international superstar, as his fans wonder what's next for him, today, sunday, may 19th, 2013. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >> and i'm lester holt.
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millions of people are waking up as losers this morning. that includes us. >> so encouraging. >> yeah, well, i meant that in a nice way. >> in the nicest possible way. >> you're in good company. four losers here. that's not correct. we did a pool and we actually won something. >> our pool was 22 people. we won $8, which works out to -- what is it, 36, 37 cents? >> yeah. can't even buy a stamp. >> no. perfect. if we share -- if we share, lester, we could buy one stamp together and maybe a piece of candy. we know what we're doing later today. but if you bought your powerball ticket at this publix supermarket outside of tampa, don't walk, run, to check those numbers right now. for the rest of us, well, you may have won a smaller jackpot. still worth checking the numbers. let's give them to you again. 10, 13, 14, 22, 52, and that magic powerball is 11. we'll take you live to where that winning ticket was sold in
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just a minute. and then, what could be really a moment of truth for convicted killer jodi arias. just hours after she was found guilty of murdering her ex-boyfriend, arias told a reporter she would rather get the death penalty than spend her life behind bars. she is set to testify in the penalty phase of her trial tomorrow. a lot of questions about whether or not she will ask for death. we'll have much more on that ahead. then, chaos at a parade in virginia when an out-of-control car barrelled through a big crowd. we'll tell you more about that coming up. and "saturday night live" said good-bye to the season and also to one of its most beloved cast members, for only "snl" fan, highlights later. >> stephan. and billed as a mega show for new and expectant parents. a giant hall filled with all things baby. who better to send to check it out? jenna. >> our own mom-to-be. looking to see what she found there. first, we'll begin with the winning powerball ticket. kerry sanders is live in
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zephyrhills, florida, where it was sold. kerry, good morning. >> reporter: it's a good morning for us. it's a spectacular morning for one person here in zephyrhills, florida, who went into this publix grocery store and bought the winning ticket, the one winning ticket. i don't know whether it's a blessing or a curse when you think how much money this is. of course, everybody thought it was $600 million. sorry, just a little bit less. $590.5 million. a stunning amount of money. zephyrhills is just north of tampa, just south of gainesville. because this is a grocery store, the betting is it's likely a local resident who purchased this one single winning ticket. however, just a short distance from here, there is the drop zone, and people come from all over the world to sky dive here, and they come from weeks on end. it could be somebody outside the area, picked up some groceries, saw the long line, and decided, hey, i'm going to jump in and get a ticket. we don't know who that winner
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is. the person has not come forward yet. if they're waking up right now, just tuning in to the "today" show, we've given you those numbers once. we'll give them to you yet one more time here. it is 10, 13, 14, 22, and 52. the powerball number 11. guys, if you want to know what a losing ticket looks like in florida, there you go. that's $20 wasted on my part. i guess i contributed to whoever this winner is. one other thing. you know, about a third of this goes to the federal government in taxes. the winner in florida, very lucky, no state income tax here. >> oh, wow. lucky indeed. although, is florida one of those states where in order to claim the money, you actually have to come forward and reveal your identity? >> reporter: yes. they don't have to hold a press conference, but it is part of the public record. so this winner today, who is probably -- i guess as popular as a newborn puppy -- will have more friends than he or she ever realized they had -- will eventually have their identity revealed. so if they follow the playbook, they'll take a day or two to get
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their affairs in order before they reveal their identity. >> hopefully, they're calling good counsel at this point. kerry, thanks very much. we want to turn to the severe weather very likely across the nation's midsection. roughly 35 million people potentially at risk. the weather channel's mike bettis is chasing the storms today. he was on hand saturday when a big twister touched down in kansas. he's there live with more. mike, good morning. >> reporter: lester, good morning to you. it was quite a scene that unfolded yesterday here in tornado alley, as a barrage of twisters touched down. we happened to be chasing yesterday afternoon with the weather channel's tornado expert dr. greg forbes, and trust me when i tell you our view was up close and in person. >> oh, it's right over us, but we can still see, it's in contact with the ground farther off to the northeast. >> this is a one of a kind view. absolutely amazing. we're probably about, i'd say, half a mile or less from it. very close to you. the top of the storm --
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>> wow. >> -- very close to -- >> look right up there -- >> oh, yeah, the top -- the top of the tornado is less than a half mile -- from us. it's almost right overhead. >>orter: oh, it was an amazing view. believe it or not, as that tornado dissipated, we literally turned around, and less than 300 yards from us, another tornado racing across the wheat field in kansas. that one did very little damage, as most of the tornados did yesterday. three in all, from the same individual supercell thunderstorm. we can report that they did knock down power lines, did damage one home, have to report that the okay pant occupants ma okay. an amazing view in kansas. the tornado threat ramp the up again today, and today could be one of the most violent tornado days we've had all day long in the u.s., and major metropolitan areas could be impacted. lester, we know from the twin cities, minneapolis, minnesota, all the way down to dallas, texas, we need to be on alert. of course, we'll be on top of it for you throughout the
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afternoon. lester, back to you. >> incredible mans you shared with us, mike. i know you guys know what you're doing, but i'm compelled to say be careful out there, all right? >> reporter: all right. >> all right. here's erica. as mike mentioned, the threat is ramping up. dylan is following the severe weather for the country. dylan is upstairs. good morning. >> good morning, erica. we are going to see another severe weather outbreak today. but this time around, instead of just evening tornados like we saw yesterday, we have the chance of tornados developing all throughout the afternoon, and then again into this evening as well. you can see the area of red from minneapolis right down into central texas. that's where we are going to see strong storms with some moderate hail, and also gusty winds. but it's in orange from kansas city right down into oklahoma city, that's where we could see baseball-size hail out of some of the stronger supercells, and we do have a good threat of seeing some of the very powerful tornados. that's something we'll keep an eye on throughout the day today. a lot of heavy downpours, and a lot of lightning moving east through kansas, and we'll see
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another long of the strong thunderstorms redevelop. minneapolis seeing pouring rain with frequent cloud-to-ground lightning, and all across the state border of wisconsin, and the threat spreads eastward. tomorrow, we do still have a strong risk of tornados across the plains states as we head into monday as well. erica? >> all right, dylan, thanks. we'll get more of the national forecast ahead in a few minutes. now, let's turn to jenna wolfe covering the day's other top headline, including scary moments at a parade in virginia. >> good morning, everyone. up to 60 people injured, some of them critically from a car that crashed into a parade in damascus, virginia. a thousand people were celebrating the trail days festival when a car suddenly plowed into the crowd at 25 miles an hour. a volunteer firefighter actually dove inside the moving car, switched off the ignition. police say the driver, an elderly gentleman, may have had a medical emergency. there is new information to report today about the derailment and collision of those metro-north commuter trains in the busy northeast corridor. nbc's michelle franzen is on the scene of the crash in
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bridgeport, connecticut, with more. good morning, michelle. >> reporter: well, good morning, jenna. we've had a busy night here. crews behind me, both construction and engineering crews, have been taking care of a delicate operation here, trying to get rid of these cars that have been on the tracks. they've had to separate them, from the mangled, twisted mess they were after that derailment. and they are in the process of clearing those train cars. of course, there are still repairs that need to be done to the track, but it is encouraging, because this area shut down at the moment is one of the busiest areas in the northeast corridor for commuters -- both locally as well as amtrak's passengers traveling between boston and new york. the ntsb evidently far enough in their investigation to feel comfortable enough to start moving these trains. but once again, the damage to the tracks still needs to be repaired, and still no estimate of when the area will reopen. in the meantime, they're coming up with alternative plans to help with the monday commute.
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jenna? >> all right, michelle franzen, thank you. there is word that a million marines and their families would have been spared to exposure to toxic water if a simple test had been done. government scientists say the water at camp lejeune was full of cancer-causing chemicals from the mid-1950s to the '80s, but the proper test for those chemicals were not done at the time. there will be no triple crown this year. oxbow written by veteran gary stevens won the preakness stakes, running wire-to-wire and beating kentucky derby winner orb. first lady michelle obama has words of advice for graduating high school seniors. in an address to the graduating class at martin luther king magnate school in nashville, tennessee, the first lady talked about being willing to fail, because that can be the key to success. she mentioned her own failures, and then brought up those of her husband. >> and then there's this guy barack obama who lost -- [ cheers ]
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-- i could take up a whole afternoon talking about his failures -- [ laughter ] -- but he lost his first race for congress, and now he gets to call himself my husband. [ laughter ] >> it's the first lady's only commencement speech to a high school class this year, so just to recap, aim low, reach for the floor, embrace your inner failures, and then all the best to you, good luck. have a nice life. talk to you soon. >> i like the summary. >> yeah? >> i like the recap. >> it's not a good story if you don't have a good recap. >> amen to that. >> jenna, thanks. dylan is back with a check of therecap. >> amen to that. dylan has a check of the rest of the national forecast. >> good morning. not a whole lot of good weather, of course, we are focused on the good weather through the plains. the southeast seeing heavy rain, and the northeast, off and on lighter showers today.
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most of the week for the matter. but the big area of rain is the potential for more tornadoes. very powerful tornadoes and baseball sized hail across the plains today. and that threat does linger into tomorrow too. that's a look at the weather across the country. now here's a peek out your window. >> i'm meteorologist amelia segal. areas of fog and mist this morning, but we are not looking at any rain showers across the area right now. as we work our way throughout the day we'll start to see some scattered showers. mainly during the midday and afternoon hours. we're looking at a high temperature around 73 degrees at 5:00. those of you in d.c., the best chance of rain today will be between 2:00 and 6:00. warmer tomorrow with scattered afternoon sh and that's your latest forecast. lester? >> all right, dylan, thanks. let's turn to politics in a week that president obama would rather forget with controversy swirling over the irs, benghazi, and snooping on the associated press. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." david, good morning. good to see you. >> good morning, lester. >> so how is the white house
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taking all of this? i know they refused to call any of these scandals. what's the mood there? >> well, i think they've -- they felt certainly under siege. i think now they're feeling like they're fighting out of it a little bit, separating the issues, trying to treat them more as distractions, calling them out on politics, looking for relevance of the republican party overreaching. but then, also, having to lay out a process for accountability when it comes to the irs, because more is going to be known there. >> and the president just wants to get back to business. he's already talked about a new rule to speed up infrastructure projects, talking about the economy, trying to reach the average american and get past this noise. can he or is there still going to be pressure for more explanations about all these? >> i think there's going to be a lot of pressure on areas like the irs and benghazi, because congress will keep investigating and keep pressing to find inside the white house what was known and whether there was some interference. the larger political argument made against the president has been fortified here, and that is
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there is government overreach, that government is too big. there are big issues like obamacare that has to be implemented that test that composition. that's where republicans will be reunited after they were somewhat disunited on issues like immigration, where you saw splintering. this is something that does feed what they'd like to run on come 2014. >> that's a good question about what -- do republicans see this as improving their fortunes in 2014? can they keep this going that long in. >> i think they'll try to. they're already campaigning on it. it's a question i'll ask this morning as we talk about the gop playbook on. but don't forget, the republican party also has some real problems in terms of being seen as paralyzing government, and whether it's the budget or immigration, they've got some real issues, too, when it comes to governing, and they don't want to lose sight of that. some republicans are already talking about being very careful about not overplaying their hand. >> all right, david. good to talk to you. we'll talk with you later on about a preview of "meet the press." thanks. >> you bet. it's the end of an era for
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an international icon. david beckham played what will very likely be his last professional soccer game last night. anna bell roberts has more on the emotional evening for beckham, his family, and his fans. >> now one last time, david beckham leaves the field. >> reporter: with tears in his eyes, this international icon hugged his teammates and saluted his fans. wife victoria looked on as the man known as becks almost certainly ended his 20-year soccer career. even during the match in paris, his raw emotion was impossible to hide. >> it's hard to run, and let alone kick a ball. it was an emotional night, to see the reaction of the players, see the reaction of the fans when i came off, it was special. >> reporter: but the fans love him, because he is so special. for his soccer, winning trophies in europe and l.a., and for his looks. the haircuts, the fashion, the
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modelling, the family. ♪ >> david! >> reporter: all have helped him win a following far beyond soccer. but he says none of that matters as much as the sport. >> i just want people to see me as a hard-working footballer, someone passionate about the game, that every time i stepped on a pitch, i've given everything that i have. >> reporter: the talk of return to the states that he may, but that's all up in the air as he celebrates the end of an extraordinarily long and successful professional career. annabell roberts, nbc news, london. up next on "today," speaking of farewell, plenty of laughs as "saturday night live" says good-bye to a longtime cast member. i'm here at walmart with chenoa, who's looking for a nutritious and affordable alternative to eating lunch out. yes i am. you know the average lunch out is over $7.00 per meal? i know. let me show you something... okay.
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[ shouts ] [ cheers and applause ] >> very -- >> and lived happily ever after. >> and that character's been around since 2008. i think ben affleck, in fact, was the -- was on the first show with the >> anderson cooper, very good. >> you're really leaving a family you've worked with a long time. >> yeah, and a sadness to it. >> yeah, it's always fun when they come back, too. >> and they always bring in -- there's a fresh face coming along. 38 seasons. doing something right. >> i think so. >> all right. there's a lot more ahead to talk about. we've got a serious story we're going to delve into. convicted killer jodi arias has to take the stand tomorrow. will she plead for mercy or ask for the death penalty? first, these messages. mine was earned in djibouti, africa. 2004. vietnam in 1972.
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still to come on "today," a very proud moment for a marine corps father and his soldier-daughter a year in the making. also, a unique look at las vegas and its iconic bright lights. first, these messages. thousands of cancer patients attention,
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good morning, everyone. it's sunday, may 19th. i'm richard jordan. in the news today, a driver hit a toddler at a parking lot in frederick county, maryland. it happened yesterday afternoon at heritage farm park in walkersville. the state police say that the girl arrived at the park with her father and she ran out of the car. the driver did stay on the scene. no word on her condition this morning. a woman is charged with her husband's murder. rosangela spradling is accused of killing steven spradling on
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friday night. he worked for the police force at the metropolitan washington airport's authority. metro delays could affect you if you're going to the umd graduation today. three green line stations are closed. so are ballston and the line. the marine corps historic halfmate half marathon is underway. chuck bell is running in the half marathon. we'll get an update from him at the finish l
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i'm storm team 4 meteorologist amelia segal. you can see washington and gaithers have visibility under a mile. any fog burns off at 10:00 a.m. we're looking at scattered showers. otherwise, cloudy throughout day. presently we are at 63 degrees and we're looking at a high temperature today of 73. richard? >> amelia, thank you. stick around for news4 today. we'll get started at 9:00. but now, good morning. we're back on a rainy sunday morning. it's may 19th, 2013.
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a nice crowd embracing the elements, and joining us on rockefeller plaza. we thank them for spending some of their time with us. i think we have too many umbrellas. >> we have a lot of umbrellas here. >> there we go. >> i'm sorry, we're doing umbrella placement. >> we're good. >> you come over this way. you guys okay? >> i'm kidding! >> lester holt along with erica hill, jenna wolfe and dylan drey dreyer. the jodi arias trial gripped a lot of the nation for months, and now the sentencing phase is here, expected to be the same. >> yeah. and a lot of people looking at this week, because she is actually -- jodi arias is expected to take the stand in the penalty phase of the trial. and the big question we're wondering, whether or not she will ask for the death penalty. you may remember not long after the verdict came down, hours after, she gave an interview saying that's what she was hoping for. plus, an update on one military family we introduced you to last year, as a marine
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dad and soldier-daughter. i met the dad when we were broadcasting from afghanistan last fall. we brought them together via satellite during that trip. his daughter was at boot camp at the same time stateside learning to become an army soldier. now, a very happy in-person reunion to share with you. it's an update we've been looking forward to, and we'll bring it to you lately. policlus, we're looking at rich las vegas history. the agriculture that so many of us define the city skyline, you can see them from miles away. like no other signs on the planet. what happens when the bright lights are no longer needed? we'll take you to the neon museum, a little tour. and then, since it's one of the days in the week the show is making a baby reference to my baby -- [ laughter ] -- so pregnant, i can't believe the last nine months, no one told me this, it wasn't in the memo. we went to this one-stop-shop, and i thought i knew a lot.
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there are things out there on the market i had no idea were even ideas that could potentially exist. it was actually -- i wanted to see what was in store for me, and i think i learned too much. i think i need to go back and take some knowledge out. >> we'll have fun with it and tell you about it coming up. marilu henner is here from the "all-star apprentice." and she'll give you a preview. and one more the apprentice. and you'll give us a check of the weather. >> now that we have figured out the whole umbrella situation -- >> lester, you're the only one who won't have a bad hair day so you can run with this. >> everybody leaves. i stand here alone. the showers in the northeast, heavy rain in the southeast, but the big story is going to be for the severe storms in the plains. we are going to see potentially another severe weather outbreak today. and all through the afternoon and evening we could see baseball sized hail. we could end up with powerful tornadoes, ef-3 or higher.
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so that's an area to keep an eye on throughout the day. and powerful storms basically from the northern plains right down into texas. look at tomorrow, it doesn't spread eastward all that much. we're still looking at the potential for some strong storms, isolated tornados. very large hail across the eastern plains and then the thunderstorms extend all the way up into southern wisconsin and rain up and down the eastern seaboard. looks like the rain will stick around in the northeast for a while. here's a peek out your window. >> i'm meteorologist amelia segal. waking up to areas of drizzle and fog. any fog should burn off around 10:00 a.m. here's a look at storm team 4 radar. we are not picking up on any rain just yet. however, as we work throughout this sunday, the clouds hang on strong. we will see some scattered showers especially between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. a high temperature of 73 degrees, a lit we have a sweet 16 out here on the plaza this morning. your aunt is calling you very
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sweet. that works out. where you from in. >> portland, maine. >> well, it's a little rainy here in the northeast -- yeah, i can't change that. i'm sorry. i know you'll have a wonderful birthday. erica? >> dylan, thanks. the jodi arias case continues to captivate the nation. this week, the woman convicted of killing her ex-boyfriend, travis alexander, is expected to address the jury. she could plea for mercy, or arias could ask them for the death penalty. miguel has more. >> we would give anything to have him back. anything. >> reporter: in court, travis alexander's sister and brother told the jury their family has been destroyed. >> he was so brutally murdered out of this world, my world. >> reporter: this week, jodi arias will have her chance. >> -- do find the defendant as to count one, first-degree murder, guilty.
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>> reporter: the woman convicted of brutally murdering travis alexander, stabbing and shooting him to death, can make her plea to the same jury. but will she ask them to spare her life, or will she ask for the death penalty as she told a local fox television station minutes after her conviction? >> i believe death is the ultimate freedom. so i'd rather just have my freedom as soon as i can get it. >> reporter: in arizona, the jury must consider certain factors before sentencing someone to death. >> the jury has to find that the crime was especially cruel. the arias jury has already found that. the jury would have to find that the aggravating factors outweigh the mitigating factors in order to impose the death penalty. >> reporter: the jury has heard from arias before. >> i just remember he had his hands around my neck and banging my head on the carpet. >> reporter: she has broken down on the stand and wept from her seat, but it's done little to sway jurors. bloom, who watched the testimony, thinks it will be a hard sell for arias. >> this is a jury that clearly
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has a strong dislike for jodi arias. it's going to ab very difficult road for her to get life in prison without the possibility of parole, rather than the death penalty. >> reporter: this week, the defense team will fight for jodi arias' life. while today it remains unclear what arias will say to the jury who convicted her. for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> and here's lester. >> thanks. now an update on a story we first brought to you last september during our coverage from afghanistan. an interview with army private about to finish boot camp stateside came with a special surprise. about to talk to her dad deployed in afghanistan. since that moment, the father and daughter have not been able to reunite in person, until a very special celebration just a few weeks ago. ♪ in the piccoli family, military
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service is a shared sacrifice. >> having a dad in the military completely -- it's a different life. and i remember when i was in fifth grade and my dad went to iraq, i remember how sad it was, you know, my father leaving my family behind. >> reporter: 11 months ago, lieutenant colonel frances piccoli, a marine, deployed to a combat zone again, this time to afghanistan. two months later, his daughter, victoria, followed in his footsteps, though enlisting in the army, not the marines, and shipped off to basic training. >> i think it was probably one of the hardest things i've ever done, say good-bye to my husband, send him to afghanistan, and then say good-bye to my 18-year-old, and send her to boot camp. >> reporter: but last september, as victoria was set to graduate from basic training, her interview here on "today" about why young people join the military turned into a surprise
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that the piccolis would never forget. >> has your father served in afghanistan? >> actually, he's right there right now. currently deployed. >> he's here right now? can you describe -- is he, like, a bald guy, maybe 5'11", 5'10", somewhere in there? >> yes, he is. >> can you come -- sir, can you come here? does he look anything like this? >> victoria, how you doing, sweetheart? >> when i saw my dad on national tv, you know, i -- he walked up and said, you know, you know, hey, sweetheart. and i -- i lost it. hey, dad. >> it's starting to get a little emotional. and i was thinking to myself, it's going to be pretty embarrassing shedding a tear in front of millions throughout the world. i'm incredibly proud of your generation, and you are a perfect example of the generation of americans that come up behind us. and after 24 years in the corps, when i retire, i know our
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defense is taken care of. good job, sweetheart -- excuse me, soldier. [ laughter ] >> reporter: with her family behind her at every step, victoria has now completed her training in signal intelligence, her specialty at goodfellow air force base in texas. and with her father, lieutenant colonel piccoli back from afghanistan, finally a reunion and celebration a year in the making. >> how you doing? >> hey. >> i'm so proud of you. >> reporter: at graduation the next day, an honor both father and daughter could share together. >> it's going to be one of those moments in time you'll remember always. >> i'm proud of him. you know, he keeps telling me he's proud of me, but i'm also proud of my dad. >> private victoria piccoli is back with her family in louisiana. she will serve in the national guard, and we should mention her
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younger brother nicholas is following in his big sister's footsteps. he has also enlisted in the army. he leaves for basic training next month. we thank the family for their service. up next, where the iconic signs of the vegas strip go when they're retired. stops at the cf "taking in the scenery" and "hey, they're taking our stuff," no need to panic. walgreens has over 8,000 stores across the country with all your prescriptions on file and just about anything else you might need along the way. because you never know what the road will bring. so swing by walgreens today for all your summer must-haves like snacks and sunscreen, right here. at the corner of happy and healthy. ♪ right. but the most important feature of all is... the capital one purchase eraser. i can redeem the double miles i earned with my venture card to erase recent travel purchases.
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well, the signs that light up las vegas never sleep. but when they are no longer needed, what happens to them? >> it's funny you should ask, lester holt. i found out. >> hmm! >> a place called the neon museum. more than 150 signs, in fact, have found life after the strip, and the history behind each and every one of them is fascinating. ♪ viva las vegas >> reporter: the neon signs that glow for miles are nearly as famous as the casinos and the showgirls themselves. ♪ viva las vegas with your neon flash ♪
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>> everybody has a memory of these signs. >> reporter: and from the beginning, they were meant to be big. ♪ viva las vegas >> the stardust. what are some of the other signs? >> you started to see other elms of integration of architecture in signage. neon signs were called spectaculars, so the sign you would see for miles and miles away, illuminating the night sky, with the city skyline, it wasn't based on buildings or high-rises. >> reporter: danielle kelly is the executive director of the neon museum, where some of the strip's most iconic lights have retired. >> everything is placed in a very specific spot. newer signs behind older signs, or vice versa, so that you have different conditions of the sign. an imperfect object next to a really pristine sign. >> reporter: was the goal to sort of give you a more of a sense of the history? >> absolutely. the layering of the history. certain signs happening at one
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time or another. >> reporter: around each corner is a story. >> when african-american performers would come to las vegas -- sammy davis, for example -- they were not allowed to stay on the trip. ♪ the moulin rouge, the first racially integrated casino-resort in las vegas. the opening really was about bringing all of the community together. >> reporter: the sign went up in 1956, but the moulin rouge closed after just eight months. why didn't it succeed? >> some people say that maybe there was sabotage involved. there's a lot of wonderful urban legends, but no one really knows. >> reporter: despite the nostalgia, before the museum was created, many of the custom signs were gathering dust in the boneyard of the large electric sign company, or yesco, whose history is even older than the strip itself. >> grandpa started selling signs here in the 1920s. at the time we started the business in las vegas, it was not much. just a truck stop. >> reporter: in the glass
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room -- jeff young is the third generation to run his family's business. a company that pioneered signage on the strip and still makes many of its largest and most expensive signs. what would a sign today cost? >> well, the bigger ones cost tens of millions of dollars. zap it anywhere. >> reporter: in its heyday, neon was 70% to 80% of yesco's business. what is it about neon, made it such a powerful choice at the time? >> you can bend the tubes to any shape. you can't bend a lightbulb or a fluorescent lamp, and the array of colors makes it a versatile pool. >> reporter: today, it accounts for just about 10% of their business. with l.e.d.s and other technologies clearly dominating. >> the magic neon shop. >> reporter: but young has a foundness for the original lights that put las vegas and its family on the map. what do you think those signs mean to the history and the culture of las vegas? >> you have the written history
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of las vegas, but what would las vegas be without all those iconic signs? >> these are pop culture objects. it's kind of wonderful to be a part of people recognizing the significance of that, and caring. >> reporter: in a town where the one constant is change, these signs are reminders of the importance of the past. one of the best times to go there is in the morning as the sun comes up. what's great about the museum, too, is the community is invested in saving the signs. danielle told me she and her team receive calls who may notice a crane, or demolition about to start, they'll call the company, and say, you can't take that sign down, give it to the museum. a lot of places are now donating their signs when they no longer need them. in fact, they have a backlog at this point. >> very cool. enjoyed that tour. >> a great place. just ahead, actress marilu henner is here with a preview of tonight's big finale of "apprentice."
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♪ i believe the world the countdown is on. tonight, we find out who donald trump will crown the winner of the latest season of "all-star celebrity ""marilu henner was fired. and you love this show, too. >> oh, my gosh, i love it so much. it's a very large, competitive family, so doing the show just appeals to that kind of skill set, you know? that's sort of, like, let's get in there and see what we can do best. there's teams. you feel like a real team loyalty. it's like a big, dysfunctional family. >> like many are familiar with, actually. you helped trace with the ice cream -- >> our final challenge, like the day after i got fired.
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the final challenge was to create an ice cream for dwayne reed, walgreens, part of the delish -- good and delish series. we did macadamia, and then presented it in a 15-minute, 10-minute presentation. and team penn, they did vanilla chocolate magic swirtle. >> so it's based on taste but sales will be a part of it? >> sales will be a part of it. and, also, we had a huge benefit performance, and then people brought in money to buy tickets and everything. so it was -- it was a four-day task, and quite involved. >> do our -- do our opinions count towards the winning team -- >> absolutely not. >> -- any way, shape, or form? >> absolutely not. >> well, we're still trying it. this is yours, right? >> you can do the mako macadamia first. it's really good. different macadamias in it. and trace loves maple. so that's why we wanted to give
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you -- and we decided we needed sort of a musical theme, so mash up. i have a teenage son, maple macadamia mania, and then became mashup. and this is magic, because it's a vanilla-chocolate base. >> and when you're talking about the sales, sort of part of what will go to the winner, everybody is still raising money for their own charities, right? >> oh, yes, of course, whatever trace brought in is for the red cross and opportunity village for pen. >> do you have a sense as to what might win this? >> they're both great. i worked with trace four, and then later on i -- so i worked with trace for eight of them. trace is a game changer. pen is a strong competitor. something about trace. a newly game changer. >> but you don't always realize he would be. seems like really quiet. >> yes. >> and a little combative -- but that's what i mean. it's like a family.
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trace and i have, li a very strong transfer ens to each other, because he reminds me of my husband, and i remind him of his wife. so it's incredible. >> the rest plays out tonight. the finale is tonight. >> i think i like yours better. >> oh, you do? that's great. >> very delicious. >> and we'll be talking about it. >> tonight at 9:00. still ahead, with a few months to go, is jenna ready for her new bundle of joy? as your life changes, fidelity is there for your personal economy, helping you readjust along the way, refocus as careers change and kids head off to college, and revisit your investments as retirement gets closer. wherever you are today, fidelity's guidance can help you fine-tune your personal economy. start today with a free one-on-one review of your retirement plan.
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. in the crux of all of the news, i'm not sure we mentioned that jenna is pregnant. so we decided to throw in a few pieces her way. >> yeah, not only am i pregnant, there's this nasty little rumor going around that i'm ill-prepared to have this child. >> oh! >> i started the rumor. even though i still have a few months to go. so i stopped by the new york baby show to see what exactly it is i'm missing. ♪ ♪ take good care of my baby >> reporter: it's a one-stop shop for moms-to-be, and this one is, well, a little nervous. lucky for me, maternity-wear designer rosie has come to my rescue. >> you look like you need help.
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>> reporter: help? i'm desperate. >> how can i help you? >> reporter: thank you. >> you're welcome. >> reporter: first things first, as my baby bump grows, mama needs clothes that fit and flatter. after a few misses, we finally found a hit. >> wow! it's perfect. i like it. >> reporter: am i ready to have the baby? wardrobe, check. next on my list hot wheels for the little ones. >> it's the sun shade. make sure it comes all the way over. >> reporter: oh, okay, i've got to start writing all this stuff down, rosie. and off to the races. ♪ life in the fast lane look, baby -- where's the hat? am i ready to have this baby? >> no, not after that. >> reporter: maybe i'll have better luck with the car seat. it's the number-one challenge for a mom leaving the hospital after giving birth. >> you can't leave the hospital without a baby in a car seat. >> reporter: they mandate that? i'm doing it? >> you're doing it.
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all right! >> reporter: we did it. so things are finally looking up. but reality check -- am i really ready? >> the fire round. you'll pass with flying colors. what is the average length of the first labor? >> reporter: 30 minutes? [ buzzer ] >> no, not 30 minutes. 12 hours. >> reporter: 12 hours is the average? >> yeah, on average. how long does a newborn baby sleep over a 24-hour period? >> reporter: i would say eight hours. [ buzzer ] >> 18. >> reporter: they're going to be so tired. >> not at once. approximately how many diapers will a baby go through in the first month? >> reporter: you carry the one and -- i'd say ten a day -- 300 diapers. [ ding, ding ] is that right? stop it right now. you think i'm ready to have this baby? >> completely. >> reporter: yes! yes, quite an eye-opening day to say the least. i like that green top.
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i tried it on, bought it. rosie pope, awesome. gave me fantastic advice. i could have this baby tomorrow. but i won't. >> yeah. there you go. >> sometimes. >> very nice. i love it. let's check in again with david gregory with a look at "meet the press." >> child-rearing advice on "meet the press." good morning, erica. coming up on "meet the press," the obama administration on the defensive after a tough week. i'm going to talk with senior adviser dan pfeiffer, plus mitch mcconnell, leader of the republicans in the senate. all coming up. >> thanks. "today's great adventure" kicks off tomorrow. i'll see you tonight for "nbc nightly news." have a great day.ightly news." have a great day, everybody. new from overnight, who do did it, who hit that jackpot?
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a single ticket is worth nearly $600 million. why where the ticket was sold plays major part of the identity. and fog is adding to the mist and the cloud. hi, everyone. i'm richard jordan. >> i'm angie goff. welcome to news4 today. sunday, may 19, 2013. you saw that camera, the heavy fog is the big weather story this morning. >> how long is it going to stick around and when will the rain move out? let's go to storm team 4 meteorologist amelia segal. >> good morning. we'll continue to see areas of fog until 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. for some of us. take a look at this. a live look outside right now. you can see plenty of fog and some of that the misty drizzle showing up on the camera there. we are looking at visibilities in washington, gaithersburg and frederick around a half of a mile. again, areas of fog


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